Congratulations to Jessa Rae Growing-Thunder!
From Poplar, Montana, Jessa was crowned the new “Miss Indian World” Saturday at the 29th Annual Gathering of Nations in New Mexico, David Sherman of KRTV reports.
Miss Indian World is selected by acquiring points in a variety of categories and must be knowledgeable about the tribe(s) and traditions she will be representing. In addition, contestants earn points through a public speaking event, interviews with judges, a talent presentation, and a dance competition featuring PowWow music.
At the end of the five day competition, Growing-Thunder was crowned after earning the most points.
Derek Mathews, founder of the Gathering of Nations, said, “The Miss Indian World title is one of the most prestigious honors among Native American and indigenous people. The winner provides a cultural link between tribes and helps bring together native and indigenous people throughout the world.”
Growing Thunder, 22, will travel to native and indigenous communities around the world on behalf of the powwow.
She is currently attending college at Ft. Lewis College in Durango, Colorado.